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Spark Ventures

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Education, Food, Health

Mission: Spark Ventures builds partnerships that lift communities out of poverty and empowers future leaders. Spark Ventures directs human and financial resources to grassroots partner organizations around the world to provide nutrition, healthcare, education and jobs. By focusing our resources in areas of business, job creation and capacity building, we seek to have a lasting and sustainable impact.

Results: Spark Ventures successfully partners with grassroots organizations transforming lives for the better with expanded support by volunteers, donors and travelers. With consistent collaboration, innovation and strategic planning, programs are created, expanded and enhanced. In ZAMBIA, there is high quality education, daily meal program, health clinic, women’s empowerment, and jobs for teachers, staff and farm workers. In NICARAGUA, there is educational and social-emotional support, daily meal program, enhanced programs and women’s empowerment. In MEXICO, there is support for at-risk youth, women’s empowerment and environmental stewardship. In CHICAGO, there is educational and social-emotional support for at-risk youth and new jobs.

Target demographics: At-risk youth, women entrepreneurs, vulnerable communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: In Zambia Over 400 children at Hope Community School Over 30 Hope Community School teachers, leaders and farm workers Over 40 women in the Village Banking and Women of Worth programs In Nicaragua Over 150 children and teens at Las Tias 10 Las Tias staff members In Mexico 20 at-risk youth in the Jungle Group program 20 vulnerable women in the Women Entrepreneur group

Geographic areas served: Zambia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chicago

Programs: Spark Ventures partners with local organizations doing humanitarian work for the most vulnerable individuals in areas of extreme poverty. With a foundation of relationships and accountability, Spark strengthens those organizations through training and leadership/organizational development, financial and volunteer resources, and strategies for economic sustainability. With regular travel to partner organizations, Spark Ventures provides personal engagement, cultural exchange and the foundation for its dedicated community of strategic donors. Too numerous to list here, learn more about Spark Ventures impactful and diverse programs at sparkventures.org.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first visited Spark Ventures' partner in Zambia on my own in 2013 but I knew, almost as soon as I had arrived and met the incredible teachers and students at Hope School, that this was an experience I wanted to share with my own family. We've since been back to Zambia more than once and have been to Nicaragua and Mexico with Spark Ventures as well. I am always in awe of the local leaders Spark Ventures has partnered with - they are ardent and inspiring advocates for their communities. They have dedicated their lives to providing resources and opportunity to the children they serve and Spark Ventures is there to empower them to do what they do best.
Kathy Wolf, Spark Ventures Board Member & Return Traveler

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Spark Ventures ten years ago when it was a new organization. I have watched first hand how it has focused on supporting strong partners in Mexico, Nicaragua and Zambia, with a new partner in Chicago in 2020.

This organization listens to its partners and provides funding, business acumen, and training for each organization to thrive.

As important, Spark keeps its organizational structure lean, so donors know their support goes to partners. Spark watches every dollar judiciously and measures its impact through metrics.

This organization is making real change in the most impoverished communities. COVID has only exacerbated the need to provide support to those who are deserving.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is fantastic that all of these services are offered for free. I have referred patients to We Spark and they love it.